Exploring Cornwall… Falmouth

Exploring Cornwall is really easy from our renovated farm cottages. So many lovely places are just a short drive away from Tregongeeves, we don’t often travel further than what is on our doorstep – we don’t really have to. The sands at Pentewan, the rugged Luxulyan Valley and Eden Project (especially for concerts) are all on our favourites list.

But we love these winter months – the skies can be bright and early sunsets astonishingly beautiful. Is there a better thing to do on a Sunday afternoon than point the car in the direction of the sun and just drive? And there is so much to do when you step off the beaten track in Cornwall, we’ve made a big effort this winter to remind ourselves of some of these beautiful places just beyond our doorstep.

Cornwall places

Falmouth is always popular with our visitors – and we know why! It’s colourful and quaint with fantastic views across open water. There are some lovely new cafes and coffee shops, the award-winning Star and Garter gastropub – and three beaches to choose from. But there is plenty to do if you don’t want to sit on the beach.

So, between blue skies and snow showers and collecting our new rescue chickens, we headed south for the day.

Is it far away?

Falmouth is about a 45 minute drive by car. Easily doable if you’re planning on going for the day. To get there by train from St Austell is straightforward and trains are regular – but you do need to change at Truro.

Via car, follow the signs to Falmout Beaches from the Treluswell Roundabout (take the Penryn exit) and you can’t go wrong. There are several large car parks to choose from and the Cornwall Council car parks are free on Saturdays.

What will we find?

Falmouth is perfect for a foodie day if you’re hungry, or for a spot of shopping. We love a browse in Willow & Stone interiors, Seasalt clothing and the new Ann’s Cottage surfwear store – which has really good prices for flip flops, hoodies and T-shirts.

For food there is plenty to choose from for all budgets and tastes. But our favourite is fish and chips from Rick Stein. Sit in and people watch events square or look at the goings on in the harbour, or take away if you’re in a hurry or fancy taking them to the beach. The children’s portions are popular with our own grandchildren – and their mums because it’s proper fish cooked fresh just like a full sized portion. We think these are ‘proper’ fish chop chips – really tasty and generous portions!

Rick Steins Falmouth

Exploring Cornwall… where next?

This is the first in a new series of blogs for Tregongeeves Farm Cottages. We’re really excited to introduce you to the places we love as a family. Some you may already know, but we hope we help you find some hidden treasures, too.

We’re fans of walking – as is Bonnie the dog – but exploring Cornwall can be fun whichever way you want to travel. So, we’ll be back with some great ideas for exploring Cornwall by bike, with your four-legged friend, by train and by car. Remember to keep up with our stories on social media – you can always drop us a comment there and let us know if you think we missed some place special or keep an eye on where we’re going on Instagram.